At precisely 2.25pm last Friday, the launch of the Reading Relay took place at the Parkes Christian School.
It’s all in the lead up to and to help schools get ready for this year’s annual Paint Parkes REaD Reading Day on August 18, with the theme ‘friends’.
All schools, preschools and the library in Parkes are involved in the relay, which will last until Reading Day.
The Reading Bug has visited or will soon visit one venue each day, carrying a chain – what is being referred to as the chain of friendship.
Students have been writing friendship stories or poems and have been attaching them to the chain if they so wish.
On Friday, Parkes Christian School students were lined up in the car park, eagerly awaiting the arrival of Bob Steele in his vintage car, chauffeuring the Reading Bug.
Students attached their story to the chain soon after they arrived.
On Monday, August 7, the relay progressed to Nurture One Victoria Street Children's Centre, Parkes Public School on Tuesday, Parkes Early Childhood Centre (PECC) on Wednesday, Middleton Public School on Thursday and Bluebird Early Education Centre on Friday.
Next week the friendship chain will be passed onto Holy Family Primary School on Monday, August 14, the Parkes Shire Library on Tuesday, Parkes East Public School on Wednesday and Parkes High School on Thursday.
Parkes High School and Parkes Christian School students will deliver the chain to the Reading Day ceremony on Friday, August 18.